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>> announcer: from hollywood, it's "jimmy kimmel live"! tonight -- [ cheers and applause ] i'm jimmy. i'm the host of the show. thank you for watching. thanks for coming.ching from ha tonight. i can't stop thinking about what happened in hawaii over the weekend.
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i assume you know that an emergency alert went out on saturday morning. this was -- this missile threat inbound to hawaii. seek immediate shelter. this is not a drill." and then they didn't get a correction until 38 minutes later. so for 38 under a mai tai umbrella? [ laughter ] people were freaking out. although not as much as they would be in any other state. but the fact that it took them 38 minutes to getgets. [ laughter ] [ applause ] i have to say, i was at a walmart in maui on missile was on the way. [ laughter ] to put me out of my misery. but they don't have that level
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of anxiety that we do. you know, usually the hawaii emergency broadcast system is reserved your lights are on." [ laughter ] so this was scary. it was very interesting to see how people reacted to imminent death. it's rare a group [ laughter ] and you know what they did? they all got into bed together and watched cat videos on youtube. [ laughter ] [ applause ] i don't know. what are you going to do? there's a thread on reddit where people describe what was happening. one guy wrote, "i was at work here on maui. i told my big schmamoan boss we should just hug. this way they'd find us froze
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nen time like the folks they found in pompeii after mount vesuvius. things were a little awkward the rest of the day. [ laughter ] sure. my wife grabbed my son and ran for the hospital. i grabbed? change and started paying the parking meeter. my wife turned back and yelled, what are you doing? i yelled, we have to pay the meter even if the world is going to end, we're not savages. [ laughter ] here's another one. my friend is visiting his grandfather on the big island and told me right after he received the first alert he went down a couple homes to where the clintons were staying to ask the secret service guys what was going on. apparently, they were all in gas masks and ready to go. so maybe it wasn't a false alarm. maybe it was just trump ruining hillary's vacation. [ laughter ] i wouldn't put it past him. [ applause ] mishap. a major mishap was reportedly caused by a state employee who pressed the wrong button. vern miyagi is the guy's name. he's the administrator for
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hawaii's emergency management agency. he took responsibility. i tell you what, mr. miyagi's going to have to paint a lot of fences and sand a lot of decks to make up for this one. [ laughter ] the governor apologized too. hawaii governor david ige spoke with reporters in an attempt to explain how what happened happened. >> can you explain that error in depth as much as you can? >> it was a procedure that occurs at the change of shift where they go through to make sure that the system is working. >> jimmy: well, it is working. [ laughter ] i love that everyone on every island in a state just went through a terrifying ordeal. he shows up in a shirt with purple flowers on it. [ laughter ] as if he's on the way to a luau or something. you wouldn't see that in south dakota. that's right. hawaii, they're even laid back when they're in crisis mode. after the governor spoke a spokesperson for the agency responsible answered questions from members of the local media. we have the clip here. >> in response to this
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terrifying incident we are reviewing our procedures to make sure this never happens again. i will now take some questions. yes, sir, in front. >> is it all good, bra? >> yes, bra, i can confirm it's all good. yes, lady in the hawaiian shirt. >> yes. is it okay to resume hanging loose? >> yes. it is okay. hang loose. [ laughter ] yes, gentleman with the pukka shell necklace. >> how are the waves? >> lots of heavies in hanalei. kind of sketchy out there. take it slow. mahalo for your time. >> mahalo. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: okay. so they're -- you see what we're saying. [ applause ] it's a relaxed environment. our best to our friends in hawaii whose blood pressure went up for no reason at all this weekend. today of course is martin luther king day on which we honor the life and legacy of dr. king. [ cheers and applause ]
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this is a great thing. the king family suggested the best way to had not his memory is to spend today in service to your community. in the past presidents obama and bush did volunteer work on this day to honor dr. king. president trump today played golf to honor him. [ laughter ] i knew you'd think i'm joking, but i'm not. he made his 95th visit since becoming president to one of the golf courses he owns. the trump international golf club in palm beach. just as dr. king would have wanted. [ laughter ] which is especially glaring considering the fact people have been calling trump a racist all weekend. at a meeting on thursday, you probably know, the president reportedly questioned why we want people from haiti and africa and other, quote, s-hole countries coming to the united states. at first the white house didn't deny that he said that because they figured trump supporters would be fine with it. but then it started a big storm of anger and outrage. so trump took to twitter to try to reel it in. he wrote, "never said anything derogatory about haitians other
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than haiti is obviously a very poor and troubled country. never said take them out. made up by dems. i have a wonderful relationship with haitians. probably should record future meetings. unfortunately no, trust." yes, there -- please record all future meetings. [ laughter ] because we want that. [ cheers and applause ] i support that. unfortunately, for the president even some of his fellow republicans who were in the meeting confirmed he said what we think he said. so last night, with house majority leader kevin mccarthy standing uncomfortably at his side, trump doubled down and made what might be the most patently untrue statement of this presidency so far. >> did you see what the other senators in the room said about my comments? they weren't made. >> are you a racist? >> no. i'm not a racist. i am the least racist person you have ever interviewed. that i can tell you. >> jimmy: well, there's no better way to convince people you are not a racist than repeatedly saying i am the least
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racist person. l[ laughter ] so the guy who initially outed trump is senator dick durbin, a democrat from illinois. he was very clear on what he heard president trump say. >> senator graham made his presentation. the president interrupted him several times with questions. and in the course of his comments said things which were hate-filled, vile, and racist. he ui use those words advisedly. i understand how powerful they are. but i cannot believe that in the history of the white house in that oval office any president has ever spoken the words that i personally heard our president speak yesterday. >> jimmy: so trump responded the way he responds. he gave senator durbin a mean nickname. he wrote, "senator dicky durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the meeting. deals can't get made when there's no trust. durbin blew daca and it's hurting our military." calling a guy named dick dicky,
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is that even -- it's a dicky thing to do but is it an insult? [ laughter ] so dick durbin said he said it. republican lindsey graham backed him on that. but two other republicans have a totally different version of what happened. senator tom cotton said, "i was just as close to the president. i didn't hear it." and senator david perdue from georgia claims this report is a gross misrepresentation of what the president said. >> just to be colllear, i'm not clear on compactly what you say happened in this meeting. you say it was a gross misrepresentation. senator durbin has been very clear. senator graham has told others the reports are basically accurate. are you saying the president did not use the word that has been so widely reported? >> i'm telling you he did not use that word, sxwrornlgs i'm telling you it's a gross misrepresentation. how many times do you want me to say that? >> jimmy: just keep saying it until something true comes out of your mouth, then we'll be happy. [ cheers and applause ] it's amazing that these guys will lie to cover for donald trump. he obviously said it. i know they're just trying to get what they want.
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but you remember this thing called truth, the thing superman fights for along with justice and the american way? it's kind of important because without truth you can't have justice or the american way. you really can't have anything. like if i accuse guillermo of sneaking in my office and stealing a six-pack from the mini fridge and he says no, i didn't and i say oh, really? i have proof that you did, i have you on video. [ laughter ] in my office sneaking in, going right to my mini fridge and stealing six beers out of it. but if guillermo just continues to say no, i didn't, it wasn't me, i didn't do it, we're in trouble. there's several things we just have to fight it out even though we can clearly see he snuck in there. that's exactly what these two senators are doing. tom cotton of arkansas and david perdue of georgia, they went on tv and brazenly lied even though there are multiple corroborating reports from republicans that the president said this. these two are basically saying we like the story the president made up better, so that's going to be what happened. it's like you went to a casino
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and the guy you're playing cards with says a 5 is worth more than kaing and you say no, it isn't. and he says yeah, it is. and then you just have to trang'll each other to settle it. that's where we're at right now. even ben carson seems to be souring on donald trump. ben carson who is the secretary of housing and urban development spoke tonight at a bap fitist church in atlanta where for the first time of i think ever he distanced himself from his beloved boss. >> i'm a member of this administration, and i don't agree with the president about everything. [ applause ] >> jimmy: it's like somebody's finally waking up. >> i don't even agree with everything that i've said. >> jimmy: and right back to sleep. [ applause ] he's so close. meanwhile, it's the end of an era in new jersey. today was chris christie's last day as governor of new jersey. he is leaving office as the most disliked governor in the history of the state.
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who could have ever guessed that closing down a beach at the height of the summer for his own personal use would be an unpopular move? but you know, we enjoyed chris's time. and he made his mark every place really. and i hope that -- i hope governor christie, while you were driving home from work tonight you got stuck in horrible traffic on the bridge. i really do. [ applause ] so now that chris christie's out of office, this is something you might want to try. a couple times a year a dumb slash potentially dangerous trend sweeps our nation. this one is called the tide pod challenge. do you know about this? people record themselves eating tide laundry detergent pods and posting on the internet. like this. you know, so many people have
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been asking how could donald trump have been elected president. i think -- [ applause ] i think we have the answer. but this is a dangerous fad. these pods are potentially poisonous. but some companies are embracing it and using it to target a new generation of customers. >> love the great taste of domino's and the clean refreshment of tide? introducing domino's tide pod pizza. a carton of tide pods on each pie. sow get a pod in every bite. comes with free delivery. to the hospital. domino's tide pod pizza. get your piehole clean. [ applause ] >> jimmy: we're going to take a break. when we come back, a special martin luther king day edition of "lie witness news." so stick around. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> dicky: abc's "jimmy kimmel live," brought to you by mercedes-benz. it's absolute confidence in 30,000 precision parts. or it isn't. it's inspected by mercedes-benz factory-trained technicians.
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[ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: welcome back to the show. gerard butler, melissa benoist, music from mavis staples is coming. have you tried this google app that shows you what pafrnting you look like? 2k0u7b8d the google arts and culture app. then what you do is take a selfie. it will match a work of art to your face. for example, i took a picture of my face. i got young cartman by ladislav -- that's not cartman. he's got a beanie. [ laughter ] guillermo, we did it with you too. this is guillermo. he resembles this painting of british composer named sir arthur sullivan. [ laughter ] i always said you remind me of that guy. everyone is doing it. this is donald trump. his doppelganger is garfield. mitch mcconnell is a turtle. [ laughter ] steve bannon is slimer from
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ghostbusters. [ laughter ] we tried it with ted cruz too. ted cruz came back with the -- i warned you if you look at porn all day your face will get stuck like that but he doesn't listen. today we honor martin luther king by judging people not by the color of their skin but by which painting they kind of look like. this is president trump's first mlk day in office. and we wanted to do something special to commemorate that. so we went out in the streets this afternoon and asked people whose side are you on in the donald trump-dr. king twitter war. [ laughter ] of course dr. martin luther chan king has been gone for 50 years but did that stop people from weighing in on this impossible feud? no, it did not. in tonight's dr. king edition of "lie witness news." [ applause ] >> we're talking to people today about the big twitter war that's going on between donald trump and dr. martin luther king. why do those two not get along? >> well, it seems like donald trump isn't really into african-americans we'll say.
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and obviously -- >> was it wrong of martin luther king to call president trump a fisheye fool jive turkey? >> no, not if it's true. >> what are people saying about it? >> that it's true. >> clearly there's some history between those two from their time spent together on "celebrity apprentice." i'm sure you remember -- >> yes. >> -- when brett michaels beat dr. martin luther king jr. at selling frozen yogurt. how much of their current fight do you think stems from that? >> there's probably a little bit. i mean, there's always a history. >> do you remember that episode? >> i do remember that episode, yeah. >> brett michaels could sell frozen yogurt. simple as that. >> yeah, absolutely. >> this morning i'm sure you saw, it trump came out and said, "i have better dreams than martin luther king because in my dreams i can fly." >> yes. >> what did you think when you first heard that? do you ever fly in your dreams? >> no. but if i could it would be sweet, though. [ laughter ] >> was it wrong of martin luther king to skip the president's inauguration last year? >> i don't think that wrong was
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the right word. but i think that martin luther king has the right to not go. >> let me ask you like this. is there any excuse he could have for not going to the inauguration? >> i'd say yes. because everybody has a right to not go to something that they don't feel like they want to go to. >> maybe he had plans that day. >> yeah, he could have had something else to go to. maybe he had a family event. >> maybe a funeral. >> yeah. maybe a funeral. i think he has the right to go to where he wants to go. and i'm sure if he wanted to maybe he just watched it on tv. >> look right there and tell president trump and martin luther king what they have to do. >> i think you guys have to settle your differences and make -- become friends. >> happy mlk day, martin luther king. [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: yes. well, this is why we have black history month. okay? we've got a good show for you tonight. mavis staples is here tonight. melissa benoist is with us. and we will be right back with gerard butler. so stick around. this is something that i'm
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[ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: welcome back to the show. tonight from the new miniseries "waco" and "supergirl" too melissa benoist is here with us. [ cheers and applause ] then, her album is called "if all i was was black." the great mavis staples from the mercedes-benz stage.
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[ cheers and applause ] mavis wrote and produced this album with jeff tweedy from wilco. so that's pretty cool. tomorrow, kristen bell and will poulter will be with us. we'll have music from lo moon. so join us then. and -- oh, yes. our first guest tonight is the most popular scottish import since tape. [ laughter ] starting friday, he stars as an unscrupulous officer of the law in the crime thriller "den of thieves". please welcome gerard butler. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ hey, gerard. it's good to see you. how are you doing? >> it's good to see you too. >> jimmy: i don't know, we ran your -- we took a selfie with you and we ran your face through the google arts app.
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>> okay. >> jimmy: let's see how it came out here. there you go. [ laughter ] >> a lot of people tell me i look like him, actually. [ laughter ] not a surprise. >> jimmy: it's nearly perfect. >> he's a human and he has a beard. >> jimmy: yes. right. exactly. you've been traveling around promoting this movie with 50 cent. have you enjoyed hanging with 50? being with 50. sharing the spotlight with 50. >> you don't share the spotlight with 50. >> jimmy: you don't. >> it's 50's spotlight. but we've been doing a lot of intros and he does love to take the mike and just give it a 50 show. but to be honest, it's been awesome because he is so funny. it's hard to follow that. he's a very, very funny man and he's fantastic in the movie. but we have this thing right now i don't know if you've seen the poster, but it's one -- you can turn upside down and one side is my gang, my gang of regulars, cops. and the other side is his gang.
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so when we're doing a press junket he turns it around. this is my movie and i want to thank gerard butler for being in it. [ laughter ] sew turns it around so it's his guy at the top. so i have the guys start to tape it down my way. and it got taped down and he walked up and he's like -- all right. it's your movie. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: is it possible that 50 hasn't seen the movie? maybe he thinks he's got a bigger part than he actually does. >> no, he's seen the movie. he knows he doesn't have a bigger part. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: i have another picture i want to ask you about. this is another fun guy to hang out with. matthew mcconaughey. where was this photograph taken? >> he's so cool. [ laughter ] this was taken. i was with my girlfriend and camilla his wife, who i've known for a long time, amazing woman. we were out at duran duran, a
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little private concert. >> jimmy: a duran duran concert. >> yeah. >> jimmy: you don't strike me as a duran duran kind of guy. and to be honest, neither does matthew strike me as a duran duran kind of guy. >> you'd be surprised. i find myself at barbra streisand concerts over the years. >> jimmy: really? >> yeah. i like to surprise people. >> jimmy: what's your favorite duran duran song? >> "girls on film." >> jimmy: "girls on film." okay. [ applause ] >> have you seen the video? oh, god. it was -- >> jimmy: it was like before we had the internet basically is really what that was. [ laughter ] >> i have a lot of funny barbra streisand stories. >> jimmy: give us one. why do you have grin barbra streisand stories? >> i was at her concert and my friend gave me a bite of a cookie. it turned out it was a little bit of a hash cookie. and i can't really eat hash
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cookies. i got so stoned. my mouth went numb. and i met barbra before. we got on great. we've actually sat next to each other at the governor's ball at the oscars. and she'd say oh, you've got to -- we'd talk about architecture. you've got doum and see my place. and she called me, and i was actually on my way to haiti at the time after the earthquake. >> jimmy: wow. >> i didn't call her back. >> jimmy: oh. >> i ran into her at the concert and i was trying to get away because i don't know what to say because i'm stoned. [ laughter ] oh, gerry! come and say hello to barbra. i'm like, stop. and there's a bunch of people there and she looks at me and she goes, you didn't call. so i thought, okay, i'm going to get out of this really brilliantly. and i said, "i know." that was my answer. [ laughter ] [ applause ] i ended up calling her a couple days later, and she said, you're so rude, i can't believe you never called me back. and we ended up having the most amazing conversation.
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and she's now -- i would say we're friends now. at a heeting with my agents they go where are you? i'm like i'm downstairs on the phone with barbra streisand. >> jimmy: you know what would be lovely is if you got barbra and 50 together and then matthew mcconaughey and the four of you had -- that would be something else. >> i made a movie with matthew many years ago with christian bale as well. and i remember -- he's such a tribal dude. he's an amazing guy. and we were out one night, it was just the two of us, and we were in a bar in dublin. and matthew starts dancing. and when he dances he doesn't really dance like most people. so we're in this bar and he just starts getting into it, and he's like this. [ laughter ] [ applause ] it's his heart. i actually wish i could dance that free. but i'm standing with my diet coke like this. and i'm like, hey, matthew. because everybody's looking. you know.
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and matthew -- i'm just going to go home. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: and was he okay with you leaving? >> yeah, he was fine. >> jimmy: wow. [ laughter ] gerard butler is here. the movie's called "den of thieves." we'll be right back. [ cheers and applause ] ♪
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[ gasps, laughs ] you ever feel like... cliché foil characters scheming against a top insurer for no reason? nah. so, why don't we like flo? she has the name your price tool, and we want it. but why? why don't we actually do any work? why do you only own one suit? it's just the way it is, underdeveloped office character. you're right. thanks, bill. no, you're bill. i'm tom. you know what? no one cares.
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let me ask you this. do we look like the types who'll arrest you, put you in handcuffs, drag you down to the station? hmm? i'm asking you a [ bleep ] question. >> no. not at all. >> right. exactly. we just shoot you. it's less paperwork. >> jimmy: that's gerard butler in "den of thieves." [ cheers and applause ] it opens in theaters friday. that's a fun movie. that looks like a movie that you loved making. yes? >> yeah. i put a lot of work into that. i put on 25 pounds because the director kept saying you've got to get big, you've got to get big. he's big nick. i said can't we just call him nick? >> how did you do it?
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>> a lot of steaks. a lot of mashed potatoes. it wasn't 300. i was allowed to eat as much fat and carbs as possible. i loved taking on this role because he is one formidable dangerous quirky -- he's a silverback gorilla. >> jimmy: he's a bad cop. >> he's a bad cop. but he's a good cop too. he does a lot of good work. in a kind of bad way. and you kind of love that about these guys. they definitely have some unconventional methods. that's one thing i love about the movie. you never know where it's going to take you. it's twists and turns up until the very end. and a lot of that was because my character's a nut job. >> jimmy: right. is this based on anybody or -- how do you come up with the nut job? >> there was one -- i don't want to say his name. but he was an adviser. and when i met him, christian our director had said this is really who big nick is. so i definitely took a bit of him. but -- and there was a lot of extra stuff that i -- >> jimmy: how does the director even find a guy, this guy who's like big nick?
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does he get picked up somewhere and say -- >> no, they've been friends for a long time, and he was part of the inspiration behind this movie. christian really started from the characters and then created this really complicated heist and these two families, these two crews, and it's a very fascinating comparison between how they live their lives and how they become embroiled. but a lot of those characters are based on people he knows. he knows a lot of guys in the military, a lot of cops, a lot of undercover cops. they wrt most fascinating of all. >> jimmy: the undercover cops. >> yeah. >> jimmy: you got to hear a lot of those stories. >> a lot of stories. >> jimmy: did you tell him about barbra and what happened with the cookie? [ laughter ] >> there's more to that story. >> jimmy: oh, i bet there is. i bet there is. guillermo, go get him some cookies. we're going to get the whole -- get a big bag of chips ahoy. >> guillermo, thank you for the six-pack. i took it from your fridge. [ laughter ] delicious. >> guillermo: you're welcome. >> jimmy: o'shea jackson was in
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that scene with you. >> yes. >> jimmy: he's ice cube's son. >> is he? >> jimmy: well, yeah. isn't he? [ laughter ] >> because i kind of beat the [ bleep ] out of him in that scene, so i'm in trouble. he -- by the way, i have to say, he is so talented. to me he was the find of the movie. >> jimmy: did you think that? >> i really did. because you know, i've seen him in "straight outta compton" and he was fantastic. but you kind of think, well, if there's a character that's going to be quite easy to play it's going to be your own father. so i wasn't sure how we'd do. but i literally would sit back, especially in that scene, and just go wow. >> jimmy: who is the better actor, o'shea or 50 cent? >> don't say that. [ laughter ] 50's a great artist. [ applause ] no. >> jimmy: there you go. i think that's a nice thing to say. >> no, 50's actually fantastic in the movie. >> jimmy: yes, he is. go to see this movie. it's called "den of thieves." gerard butler. all sorts of nonsense is going on.
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[ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: welcome back. mavis staples on the way. you know our next guest from "glee," from the movie "whiplash" and leaping tall buildings in a single bound. her latest is called "waco." it premieres january 24th on the paramount network. please welcome melissa benoist. [ cheers and applause ] very good to meet you. >> it's so good to meet you. >> jimmy: you know, your billboard was right over our theater for a long time, "supergirl" billboard. every day i'd pull into work and your giant head was right there. [ laughter ] >> i'm so sorry. that sounds terrifying. >> jimmy: no, no. i sent you a photograph on twitter of my daughter jane, who at the time was -- i think she
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was 2 years old. >> she was little. >> jimmy: she was little -- >> we've never met in the flesh but we've met on social media. >> jimmy: dressed as supergirl. dressed as you. >> and i was jealous of her hunter boots. she was wearing rain bootes under her supergirl tutu. she already has me beat because i work in vancouver and i don't wear rain boots in my suit. >> jimmy: a lot of people are following her fashion lead. [ laughter ] >> i should. i don't know why i haven't. >> jimmy: are there like a million little girls that dress up as supergirl now as a result of the show? >> every halloween there are quite a bit of supergirls. >> jimmy: do they send them to you and show up at your home? >> i wish. >> jimmy: they do not. >> i wish. >> jimmy: really? interesting. is it fun to be supergirl? >> yeah. of course it is. >> jimmy: what's the best part of it? >> i mean, i get to fly. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: but is flying -- like i think it would be fun to watch yourself later fly. but it seems like flying
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wouldn't be so great when you're pretending to fly. >> yeah, it's hard work. i'm essentially attached to a fork in the air. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: how do you decide what your flying style is? because your flying style's with a fist. >> that's the thing. there's sort of this almost superhero physicality school you that kind of have to go to. at least we did on the d.c. shows. where a stunt team will teach you like how to walk like a superhero or how to come up with an idea of how my heat vision looked and what freeze breath looks like. and really it just looks like a staring contest and i'm blowing out my birthday candles. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: yeah. so there's someone who considers themselves to be an expert on -- >> yeah. and they're awesome. and they really helped me. my posture's gotten better because of this job. >> jimmy: oh, yeah. supergirl can't be like oh -- >> and i had that before. but the suit gives me no other option because it's a corset and when it zips up i'm like -- >> jimmy: is it that restrictive, the suit, that you're actually bent backwards? >> i mean, it makes you
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pretty -- like all the years i took ballet class, my ballet teacher, i was the one kid in class that the teacher was always like, you've got to turn out, she is not standing up straight. and the suit kind of does the work for you. it is pretty rigid. >> jimmy: but you could beat all those ballerinas up now as supergirl. [ laughter ] there's really no contest anymore. where are you from originally? >> denver, colorado. >> jimmy: and how did you wind up here acting and doing this stuff? >> well, i started really young in tap, ballet and jazz class at like 4 years old, and i did children's theater all growing up and -- >> jimmy: oh, you did? >> i did. i did children's theater. dinner theater. >> jimmy: did you perform around? >> yes did. and i actually performed at disneyland. i did it three times with disney's magic music days. and we were in the academy of theater arts and we were called senior showcase and stars. >> jimmy: oh, no. really? >> yeah. >> jimmy: what kind of things would you do? >> we'd do medleys of things. we it did neil diamond "we're coming to america." >> jimmy: i like that.
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>> a "guys and dolls" medley. and then my favorite was a song time medley where it used to be right next to the castle there's that area now where little girls can get made up like princesses. >> jimmy: oh, yes. >> that used to be a stage. and in front of sleeping beauty's castle we sang a sondheim medley where my solo was "send in the clowns." [ laughter ] >> jimmy: no. really? >> really. >> jimmy: was it like a sad version? >> what version of that song isn't sad? >> jimmy: and as you're singing "send in the clowns" are the children paying attention? >> we had no audience. no one was paying attention to us. unless they were like why is that girl -- i'm literally like -- ♪ isn't it rich [ laughter ] ♪ don't you approve >> jimmy: did you get to see all the behind-the-scenes stuff at cz disneyland? >> they're really nice in this program. it's kind of an educational program. they give you like a complimentary dance class with someone that works there.
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fantasmic. that's a huge deal. >> jimmy: it sounds terrible. [ laughter ] >> i'm sure for our chaperones it was torture. >> jimmy: no fun at all. >> but you got to go backstage, which i sort of wish we hadn't because i was a kid who believed in santa claus until i was 12. >> jimmy: oh. yeah. >> and that sort of ruins the magic. >> jimmy: did you see the characters in the state of undress? >> yeah. donald zduck with no head on. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: yeah. usually it's just no pants on for donald. [ laughter ] and now you've really come a long way because now you are -- you're in this miniseries "waco." are you even old enough to remember when this was happening? >> i was almost 5 years old when 2 happened. and i do have -- you know, there's a lot going on. a lot of sensationalized stories on the news at that time. i remember when my parents would be so shocked watching the o.j. simpson trial and waco, the fbi siege and oklahoma city bombings
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and jonbenet ramsey in colorado. >> jimmy: now we've moved on to only donald trump all the time. >> i know. >> jimmy: none of those things seem to happen anymore. he has somehow eclipsed all of that and blocked them out like a full moon in front of the sun. so this story as you obviously know is this cult leader david koresh had this group of people including a number of women who were his wives, and you play one of the wives. >> i play his first wife. >> jimmy: his first wife. >> so they were the church of the branch davidians. and they lived in this compound outside of waco, texas called mount carmel. and he had i think 12 wives, of which my character was the first. and he kind of plucked her from obscurity in the church when she was 14 years old. she left with him in the middle of the night in her pajamas and married him. it was all she ever knew. and then subsequently there was a 51-day siege between the fbi
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and the atf. under clinton's administration. and that tragically ended in a terrible fire where a lot of people died. >> jimmy: wow. you should sing about that at disneyland. [ laughter ] >> let's be honest. i was there. i mean, that's -- >> jimmy: "send in the clowns." well, it's called "waco." it premieres january 24th on the paramount network. melissa benoist, everyone. thank you, melissa. we'll be right back with mavis staples. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> dicky: the "jimmy kimmel live" concert series is presented by mercedes-benz. the best or nothing. -♪ well, i'm trying to get home ♪
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♪ ♪ i'm tired of us livin' so lonely i think i know what to do gonna build a bridge ♪ ♪ right over the mountain i'm gonna walk right over to you look around at our city ♪ ♪ look at us out on the street got kids looking over their shoulders ♪ ♪ people looking down at their feet i'm tired of us livin' so lonely ♪ ♪ i hope i know what to do gonna build a bridge
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right over the ocean i'm coming right ♪ ♪ over for you ♪ when i say my life matters you can say yours does too but i betcha never ♪ ♪ have to remind anyone to look at it from your point of view gotta build a bridge ♪ ♪ right over the mountain gotta build it right over the sea gonna build a bridge ♪ ♪ right over the ocean so you can walk right over to me
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♪ look around at our country ♪ ♪ at the people that we don't ever see standing side by side us divided ♪ ♪ lonely in the land of the free i'm gonna pull the shades off of my window ♪ ♪ i'm gonna let the sunlight right in i'm gonna open my heart to a stranger ♪ ♪ i think i know where to begin i'm gonna build a bridge right over the mountain ♪
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♪ i think i know what to do gonna build a bridge right over the ocean i'm gonna walk right ♪ ♪ over to you i'm gonna walk right over to you i'm gonna walk ♪ ♪ right over to you i'm gonna walk right over to you i'm gonna walk right ♪ [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪
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